Gild the Lily (Decadence Upon Decadence I),  2016 Oil, satin varnish, and imitation gold leaf on canvas 96 x 82 inches

Gild the Lily (Decadence Upon Decadence I), 2016
Oil, satin varnish, and imitation gold leaf on canvas
96 x 82 inches


Carlos Rolón attended Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in painting and drawing. Rolón has been recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and works that come out of American, Latino and uniquely based subcultures. His studio practice investigates pop culture, craft, ritual, beauty and its relationship to art history, subculture, appropriation and the institution. As a first-generation immigrant of Puerto Rican decent, the artist creates objects questioning the concept of luxury and craft making to explore questions of identity, integration and aspiration. His work also represents a detailed examination of curiosity and the process of art making and the cultures surrounding this. The work often addresses his biography by melding memory and the imaginary with carefully crafted, hybrid works that are playfully situated between the contradictory worlds of conspicuous consumption and urban artifact. The work is at once melancholic, excessive and exuberant, poised somewhere between celebration and regret. Rolón illuminates how the masculine can become delicate and the how the baroque can be minimal. The artist often channels this approach with site-specific installation work, vivid large-scale paintings and ornate sculptures in various materials expanding on ideas of self-reflection and imagined luxury. The works ultimately produce a hybrid language of social practice, painting and sculpture inviting the viewer to engage in discourse and discussion.

He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation award for Painting and Sculpture. Rolón’s work is included in the following public collections: Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Brooklyn Museum, New York; City of Chicago Public Art Collection; Deagu Art Museum, Deagu; Museo del Barrio, New York; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine, among others.

B. 1971 Chicago, IL; based in Chicago, IL.

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Pardon My Language – Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery (Curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama) | Luxembourg
What Are We Fighting For – Selfridges (Curated by Michéle Lamy) | London

Over & Over – Glass Curtain Gallery / Columbia College | Chicago, USA
Unobstructed Views – Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA
Ephemera Obscura – Contemporary Arts Center | New Orleans, USA
Acts of Transgression – Pearl Lam Gallery | HK
No Burden as Heavy – David Castillo Gallery | Miami, USA
The Times – Flag Art Foundation | New York, USA
Maker, Maker – Children’s Museum of Art | New York, USA
Materialized Condition – Pearl Lam Gallery | SG
Beautiful Black – Leeahn Gallery | Daegu, KR

Bedazzled – the Lehman College Art Gallery | Bronx, USA
In/Situ – EXPO CHCGO | Chicago, USA
Chimento Contemporary | Los Angeles, USA
Erik Hanson: Two Years of Looking – New Art Projects | London, UK
DNA – Daegu Art Museum | Daegu, KR

Body Embellishment – The Mint Museum | Charlotte, USA
Black/White – Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery | New York, USA
All Killer No Filler – Eric Firestone Gallery | East Hampton, USA
Forms of Imagination – Arts Incubator | Chicago, USA
Custom Lives: Rasquache Renaissance – MACLA | San Jose, USA
Art Basel Miami Beach – Architectural Digest | Miami, USA

Shaq Loves People – EXPO CHCGO | Chicago, USA
Booster – Art Sound Machine | Hertford, DE
Tradiciones – Rockford Art Museum | Rockford, USA

The Concept of Baroque in Contemporary Art – Galerie Henrik Springmann | Berlin, DE
In God We Trust – Zachęta National Gallery of Art | Warsaw, PL
Homebodies – Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago | Chicago, USA
Vial – Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico | Santurce, PR
On Painting – Centro Atlantico de Moderno | Las Palmas, ES

In/situ – EXPO CHCGO | Chicago, USA
The Haberdashery – Eric Firestone Gallery | East Hampton, USA
Interconnections – Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico | Samtruce, PR

Experience Pommery #9 (La Fabrique Sonore) | Reims, FR
Write Now: Artists and Letterforms – Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, USA
Commercial Break – Venice Biennale | Venice, iT
Geared: The Culture of Bicycles – Sun Valley Center for the Arts | Sun Valley, USA
Voces Y Visiones: Signs, Systems and the City in El Museo del Barrioss Permanent Collection – El Museo del Barrio | New York, USA

Legal Tender – Martha Otero Gallery | Los Angeles, USA
Living in Evolution – Busan Biennale (curated by Takashi Azumaya) | Busan, KR
(I Can) Feel the Pulse – MAMA | Rotterdam, NL
Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape – Museum of Contemporary Art SanDiego | San Diego, USA

Stages – Galerie Emmanual Perrotin | Paris, FR

Not So Minimal – Collection Vanmoerkerke | Oostende, BE


Outside/In – New Orleans Museum of Art, NOLA | New Orleans, USA

50 Grand – The Tube Factory (curated by Shauta Marsh) | Indianapolis, USA
Loiza (Permanent public installation) – Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA

Tropicaliza – Museo de Arte de Ponce | Ponce, PR
Ace of Fades (on the wall) – Monique Meloche Gallery | Chicago, USA
Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories – Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit | Detroit, USA
Carlos Rolón/Dzine: I Tell You This Sincerely... – Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, USA
Commonwealth – Oakland University Art Gallery | Rochester, USA

Mi Casa – Pearl Lam Gallery | SG
Rolls Royce Art Initiative | SG
Now and Then – Rockford Art Museum | Rockford, USA
Encounters –Invitational Sector – Art Basel | HK
ONLY YOU: New Mirror Paintings – Casterline Goodman Gallery | Aspen, USA
Tifffany & Co. MCA Commission + Collaboration Tiffany & Co. – EXPO Chicago | Chicago, USA
EXPO CHCGO– Museum of Contemporary art Chicago | Chicago, USA
Vera List Artist Project – Lincoln Center | New York, USA

Tunnel Vision – space k | Gwangiu, KR
New Work – Walter Otero Contemporary | San Juan, PR
Trophy Room – multiple galleries | Cologne, DE
Thinking of Forever – Leeahn Gallery | Seoul, KR
Dzine: Born Carlos Rolón – Paul Kasmin Gallery | New York, USA

Victory – Public Functionary | Minneapolis
Victory – The Dallas Contemporary | Dallas

Imperial Nail Salon – Galerie Henrik Springmann | Berlin
Phenomenon – Deptford X (curated by Hew Locke and Indra Khanna) | London, UK
La Pelanda – Centro Di Produzione Culturale | Rome

Imperial Nail Salon – Salon 94 | New York, USA
Get Nailed at the New Museum (Performance/Installation – New Museum | New York , USA
Zeniths and Daytons – Galerie Zidoun | Luxembourg

Voodoo – Leo Koenig Projekte | New York, USA
Voo Doo – Krinzinger Projekte | Vienna, AT
Posse – Flint Institute of Arts | Flint, USA

Bass Museum of Art | Miami, USA
Love & Loyalty – Leeahn Gallery | Daegu, KR